Top 10 Popular Posts from 2009

A little late to the party but here’s my contribution to all those top 10 lists that are appearing all over the blogosphere (is that word even used anymore?)…

For most of 2009 I didn’t post as frequently as I wanted to here at UnfoldingNeurons.com but I did manage to get a few posts off.  I thought I’d take some time at the end of this year to give an overview of the most viewed posts.  Since anything to do with my Organize Series plugin kind of blows all the other posts out of the water I’m going to skip including it in this list.  I’m also only including in this list posts that I actually wrote in 2009.  Starting with the most viewed post…

What I tweeted the past week.

  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/16bS9L #
  • If you don't get rid of pride it will get rid of you. #
  • Just realized that the Integrity Christmas Sampler card for 10 free Christmas Songs is only valid in the US Itunes Store 🙁 #
  • gonna run a quick little contest for it 🙂 stay tuned #
  • #youversion christmas tip for windows users? Hold down ctrl+alt+l (lowercase L) for special reading view. #
  • It's always hard focusing at work on the week of Christmas… #
  • Working on the message I'm speaking this Sunday. Working title is, "A Gift worth Receiving"… #
  • You won't really know what it is like to live until you know that you are ready for death. #
  • On my Blog ~~> Want 10 Free Christmas Songs from iTunes? http://ow.ly/16c66h #
  • RePost: Want 10 Free Christmas Songs from iTunes? http://bit.ly/8Y4cFb #
  • My church is memorizing scripture together in the coming year. Here's what my 8yr old daughter wrote… "I signed up too, bring it on" #
  • @human3rror congrats on making lifehacker with your post! ~~> http://lifehacker.com/5432022/ in reply to human3rror #

Merry Christmas, Happy New Years and all the fine stuff…

[image from krisdecurtis]

In what is a most time-honored tradition around these sorts, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  This past year has been a very interesting year in my life and I’m looking forward to an even more interesting year.  I wish, like others I could have a nice cute picture of my family up here but in my household we define “Christmas busy” and usually don’t get around to getting our pictures done until late Christmas day.  Maybe I’ll get something up then (probably not).

Enjoy your holidays, don’t freeze, eat carefully, laugh with family, and check out what Christmas is really all about.  Thanks for sticking around unfoldingneurons.com!

What I like most about Christmas…

Well, the little contest I ran on my blog has drawn to a close and I had the really tough job of picking a winner from two entries. Either that means that some super evil henchman bent on burying my existence kept the post hidden from all of the people on the internets (except for two people) OR the 40+ readers of my blog are actually robots who don’t get music (maybe I need to offer a case of WD-40 as a prize for the next contest).  Um, yeah.  Ha!  Nevertheless as promised, I picked a winner for the iTunes Christmas Music songs AND have written a post with their answer.

The winner was Thomas, who wrote:

What I like about Christmas is the joy it brings to everyone and how the holiday spirit seems to cheer up even grumpy people. Mostly Christmas is all about the kids though. You can’t beat the way their little faces light up while they are opening presents.

Congratulations Thomas (I don’t have a link to a website from him but if I get one I’ll add it in here)!  You have the fine distinction of being the first person to win the very FIRST contest on my blog!  WOW!  Someday that may be really significant…

Want 10 Free Christmas Songs from iTunes?

Okay, I subscribe to this service from the folks at Catalyst called “Filter” and that subscription includes periodic mailings from them of goodies – books, magazines, music and whatnot.  Well, I just received my first package from them.  Included in this package is a nice Itunes music card (from Integrity Christmas Sampler) granting 10 free song downloads from the Itunes Store.  Only problem is,  it’s only good for the US store.  Bummer 🙁

On the bright side it provides a nice gift I can pass on to any of my U.S. based readers who might be interested.  So, here’s how it’s gonna work.  Leave a comment here answering the question “What do you like most about Christmas?”  At 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday December 22nd I will pick one person’s answer that I like the most as the winner.  Not only will the winner receive the gift card but I’ll also turn their comment into a post (with linky’s to their website*).  And….. go!

*Disclaimer:  I will only post a linky to a family-safe (or safe for work) website.

UPDATE: The winner has been chosen!  Jump here for details.

What I tweeted the past week.

  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/169p5R #
  • dudes and dudettes, this AWESOME free short e-book from Seth Godin is on the internets. An inspiring read! ~~> http://bit.ly/8vLd44 #
  • RT @perrynoble: "This Sh_t is awesome!" http://twurl.nl/7qgb76 //Worth retweeting – read and you'll know why I did. #
  • At WPA leadership team dinner. These peeps are awesome! #
  • My Gorgeous wife 🙂 http://tweetphoto.com/6450371 #
  • #regurgitated: What I tweeted the past week. http://goo.gl/fb/PzkX #
  • RePost: What I tweeted the past week. http://bit.ly/7qpsID #
  • If you are a user of #ccbchurch please JOIN this discussion. Let your voice be heard! -> http://bit.ly/4tsMOt #
  • RT @loswhit: I think I broke the internet //good now I know who to blame. #
  • At my daughter's school performance. Sorry but its a bit anti-climatic after the WPA's christmas production… #
  • To add to the chorus of flu tweets I've read this year – I think I'm going to hurl #
  • SWEET: Merge All of Your Duplicate Gmail Contacts With One Click http://bit.ly/6f0hzw // about time Google! Much needed 🙂 #

Organize Series 2.1.7 Released

I knew I wanted to get the next version of Organize Series out the door and with the surprise (well maybe not quite a surprise) release of WordPress 2.9 I decided to get my butt in gear and finish off the threads needed.  As far as I know Organize Series works fine with WordPress 2.9 (I’m running it fine on my websites) but if you notice any problems report them to the support forums as usual.

This release is mostly bug fixes.  Please make sure you read through the changelog if you want all the details.  Some of you will be happy with some persistent bugs you’ve been dealing with (I hope!).

What’s next?  Well, I have had a number of different feature requests that have come my way.  Some I may be doing as custom work in the new year (that means getting paid to implement) and others I have quoted on but I think it’s outside of the budget of those wanting them.  I’m strongly considering doing some work on some plugins to Organize Series that will implement some of the most requested features and offer it up for sale on a service like the wpplugins app store for a nominal amount (between $10-20).   Anything I do this way will still be release GPL etc. but it will be a way for me to still contribute new features to Organize Series and help pay my bills as well.   The core Organize Series plugin of course will still always be offered free of charge and I will continue to do maintenance and bug fixes on it going forward.  All I would be doing is offering new features as a paid option.

What I tweeted the past week.

  • RT @watpen: pray for the flks cming 2 the Chrstms Grief Memorial tonight at WPA. It's hard going through the holidays without a loved one. #
  • Lot's of people have ideas – very few people want to do the work to see their ideas come alive. #
  • RePost: A Powerful Leader’s Four… http://bit.ly/6Yr76W #
  • On my Blog ~~> A Powerful Leader’s Four… http://ow.ly/167j3m #
  • There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be … http://read.ly/Jas2.13.NLT #
  • So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. http://read.ly/Jas2.17.NLT #
  • Google Chrome is one step closer to being the only browser I use now that the latest version supports extensions!! #
  • At missions comittee meeting – some great ideas for an outreach being discussed! #
  • yay snow has arrived! (that statement was written in a sarcastic tone) #
  • note 2 slf: do NOT eat 3 Lindor Chocolates 1 after the othr rlly fst. The sgar rsh is fine but the energy drain 2 minutes later is brutal! #

Can you contain all this?

Take a look at this amazing fact sheet about the data/information flowing through the internet in one day:

A Day in the Internet

[Online Education via Gizmodo]

Pretty huge eh?  Our minds just can’t grasp that amount of data that is flowing through the internets every day!  But God can.  In fact not only can God process all that information – he can understand all that information.  Sometimes I think my brain is going to blow up when I take a look at the feeds in my Google reader.

Here’s the amazing thing.  God not only knows all that information but he also knows each one of us individually.  We’re not data.  We’re not another byte.  We’re His. He knows your voice, He knows my voice.  That is amazing!

O Lord , you have examined my heart
and know everything about me…    (Psalm 139:1)

The Nightmare of a Techie…

I had a scary thought this morning.  For all of us techie, early adopter, and internet civvies –  what would we do if somehow we were lifted out of our life in modern society and transplanted 100 years ago (circa 1908)?  Doesn’t that make you shudder?

Here’s what I’d be doing…

earlyflightattempts

[photo from public.resource.org]